March 20 - COVID-19 Daily Update (March 20, 2020)
Dear Marymount Community,
Happy Friday, and congratulations on completing our first week of online classes! Transitioning from in-person to virtual learning this quickly was not an easy feat. I am amazed by our talented faculty for pulling it off, our students for adapting to these unforeseen circumstances and our staff for continuing our operations in a seamless way. You all make me proud to be a Saint!
See below for today’s latest announcements regarding COVID-19’s continued impact on campus:
Student Housing, Dining and Parking
In light of our recent request for Marymount students to leave main campus housing if possible, we have been working on a plan to appropriately address questions about credits or refunds for housing and dining. Our pivot to online learning for the remainder of the semester also means that many students will no longer need their MU Student Parking Permit.
To communicate more information related to these plans, the Division of Financial Affairs will be sending two announcements today – one to resident students concerning housing and dining questions, and another to all resident and commuter students concerning parking questions. Please keep an eye on your inbox for more details.
Library & Learning Services
Effective immediately, all library services and resources will only be offered virtually. Please visit the library’s website for information about connecting with Library Services and personnel remotely.
Office of the Chaplain
Father Joseph Rampino will be livestreaming Mass on Instagram every day while we’re in this situation. Follow @mu_chaplains_office, where you can find Mass times. This Sunday, Mass will be livestreamed at 11 a.m.
I want to include another “fun fact” in today’s Daily Update that I find relevant for these times we find ourselves in. Isaac Newton was forced to “work from home” when Cambridge University had to shut down during the bubonic plague outbreak of 1665. While working from home, he came up with the theory of infinitesimal calculus, developed theories on optics and formulated his law of universal gravitation. That kind of productivity is tough for anyone to live up to, but all of you can also perform great things in these challenging circumstances!
Irma Becerra, Ph.D.
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207
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